Two counterweighted elevators moved men between the surface, mine, and underground mill.
Looking at the Broadway from across Broadway, a beautiful Buffalo day. Note the glazed terra cotta facade–and the signs of fire damage from the first floor.
This might have been part of the Pioneer Pellet Plant. It looks to be a ball mill, which pulverizes ore by spinning it with thousands of ball bearings.
This building had the rusty remains of a few mattresses, likely used in the 1940s when this site was last occupied.
The end of the monorail in the nitrating house.
The side of the main elevator, severed by “Woodchucks”.
The same view in 2007. Superior, WI, some have said, is a suburb of Duluth, MN. It’s more like a sub-suburb, I would argue. It’s the industrial district that is technically in another state, one that sells beer on Sundays. Perspective is looking out of the mostly-disassembled larger (newer) elevator.
Taken several years before the tornado story when the weather, and the condition of the buildings, were nice.
On the left you can see one of the later air shafts for the mine below, which allowed for natural air exchange with the main production areas of the coal mine. That is to say, there were no fans blowing fresh air down below.